March 30-31, 2019. Sydney, NSW.

Cranka Lures Round 3 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 11 will take place in Sydney, NSW.

This is a Capped Event

Due to council permit limitations, this round will be limited to 65 entrants. Also, we will not be taking ON THE DAY entrants.



Due to council permit limitations and community concerns, we kindly ask that your consider your impact upon the wider community when participating in this round. Please keep noise/music to a minimum and use parking lights (not full headlights) in the mornings.

Our council permit requires all vehicles entering and departing from P1 and P2 parks must be escorted, not exceed walking pace (10km/h), and have hazard lights on.

For your convenience council has approved two on-site parking areas. P1 and P2 (limited parking). We ask that you car-top your kayak to and from the event. If you are using a car-trailer, we kindly ask that you car-pool to and from the event.

Your cooperation with the above requests will see Hobie Kayak competitions welcomed again into the Sydney CBD well into the future.








1Luke KayNSWOpen32.58 kg33.05 kg65.63 kg5.63 kg$1840.00
2Glenn AllenNSWOpen32.05 kg32.60 kg64.65 kg4.65 kg$960.00
3Kris HicksonNSWOpen32.27 kg31.90 kg64.17 kg4.17 kg$620.00
4Jon ChenACTOpen32.30 kg31.86 kg64.16 kg4.16 kg$290.00
5Russell BabekuhlNSWOpen32.29 kg31.80 kg64.09 kg4.09 kg$240.00
6Francis Di MattinaNSWOpen31.70 kg32.38 kg64.08 kg4.08 kg$210.00
7Sean HillNSWOpen31.09 kg32.93 kg64.02 kg-0.25 kg4.02 kg$190.00
8Gary HansonVICMasters (60-64)32.03 kg31.96 kg63.99 kg3.99 kg$170.00
9Trent RogersNSWOpen32.10 kg31.85 kg63.95 kg3.95 kg$140.00
10Tyson HayesQLDOpen32.32 kg31.42 kg63.74 kg3.74 kg$120.00
11Adam CostaNSWOpen31.58 kg32.15 kg63.73 kg3.73 kg
12Cullen Di MattinaNSWYouth (16 - under 21)31.79 kg31.88 kg63.67 kg3.67 kg
13Andrew NguyenNSWOpen31.77 kg31.85 kg63.62 kg3.62 kg
14Adriano TosoliniNSWOpen32.02 kg31.59 kg63.61 kg3.61 kg
15Brendan PieschelNSWOpen32.12 kg31.44 kg63.56 kg3.56 kg
16Guy StruthersQLDOpen32.03 kg31.43 kg63.46 kg3.46 kg
17Mark YoungNSWOpen31.07 kg32.38 kg63.45 kg3.45 kg
18Jack GammieNSWOpen31.89 kg31.56 kg63.45 kg3.45 kg
19Johny ZaniolNSWOpen32.90 kg10.42 kg43.32 kg3.32 kg
20Chris MillerSAOpen31.88 kg31.24 kg63.12 kg3.12 kg
21Andrew HancoxNSWOpen31.67 kg31.44 kg63.11 kg3.11 kg
22Neville EnrightNSWOpen31.61 kg31.47 kg63.08 kg3.08 kg
23Kane TerryNSWOpen31.28 kg31.72 kg63.00 kg3.00 kg
24Byron HillNSWOpen31.27 kg31.72 kg62.99 kg2.99 kg
25David AytonVICOpen31.41 kg31.56 kg62.97 kg2.97 kg
26Simon MorleyNSWOpen31.60 kg31.31 kg62.91 kg2.91 kg
27Andrew DeathNSWOpen21.11 kg31.74 kg52.85 kg2.85 kg
28Anthony SteersQLDOpen31.73 kg31.07 kg62.80 kg2.80 kg
29Malcolm HallidayNSWOpen31.35 kg31.39 kg62.74 kg2.74 kg
30Brett CroweNSWOpen31.60 kg21.13 kg52.73 kg2.73 kg
31Gordon GammieNSWOpen10.89 kg21.83 kg32.72 kg2.72 kg
32Darrin HaywoodNSWOpen31.33 kg31.38 kg62.71 kg2.71 kg
33Jason MeechNSWOpen31.36 kg31.34 kg62.70 kg2.70 kg
34Doug BakerNSWOpen31.60 kg31.08 kg62.68 kg2.68 kg
35Lex CourtNSWMasters (60-64)31.29 kg31.38 kg62.67 kg-0.10 kg2.67 kg
36Carl DuboisNSWOpen31.32 kg31.26 kg62.58 kg2.58 kg
37Cedric LopezNSWOpen31.21 kg31.36 kg62.57 kg2.57 kg
38Glenn MorganNSWOpen31.20 kg31.34 kg62.54 kg2.54 kg
39Paul HardimanACTOpen20.74 kg31.79 kg52.53 kg2.53 kg
40Danny JobsonNSWOpen31.62 kg20.88 kg52.50 kg2.50 kg
41Craig WallaceNSWOpen31.52 kg10.63 kg42.15 kg2.15 kg
42James KilpatrickNSWOpen20.80 kg31.32 kg52.12 kg2.12 kg
43Epineha CribbNSWOpen32.02 kg32.02 kg2.02 kg
44Ben WilsonNSWOpen20.97 kg20.97 kg41.94 kg1.94 kg
45Tom McLeanNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)31.93 kg31.93 kg1.93 kg
46Russell MorganNSWOpen21.16 kg20.71 kg41.87 kg1.87 kg
47Jeremy ThomasNSWOpen10.44 kg31.31 kg41.75 kg1.75 kg
48Zeaiter ZeaiterNSWOpen10.53 kg31.16 kg41.69 kg1.69 kg
49Jason ReidNSWOpen31.36 kg10.30 kg41.66 kg1.66 kg
50Mitchell MaddisonNSWOpen31.55 kg31.55 kg1.55 kg
51Chris PurnellNSWOpen31.43 kg31.43 kg1.43 kg
52Paul DunlopNSWOpen20.96 kg10.45 kg31.41 kg1.41 kg
53David HedgeNSWOpen31.39 kg31.39 kg1.39 kg
54Mark ThompsonNSWOpen10.31 kg21.08 kg31.39 kg1.39 kg
55Geoff AlfordNSWOpen31.35 kg31.35 kg1.35 kg
56Kevin VartyNSWOpen31.32 kg31.32 kg1.32 kg
57Josh CourtsNSWOpen31.31 kg31.31 kg1.31 kg
58Geoffrey HoweNSWOpen20.77 kg20.77 kg0.77 kg
59Simon McguireACTOpen10.58 kg10.58 kg0.58 kg
60Zachary MorozoffNSWOpen10.46 kg10.46 kg-0.15 kg0.46 kg
61Jack KederianNSWOpen10.40 kg10.40 kg0.40 kg
62Sean GrantNSWOpen
Total Fish D1Total Weight D1Total Fish D2Total Weight D2Total FishTotal WeightAverage Weight
14982.77 kg14681.07 kg295163.84 kg0.56 kg

Atomic Big Bream Winner

Luke KayNSW1.57 kg

Mortgage Corp Monster Mover

Epineha CribbNSW02.02

Division Winners

Youth (16 - under 21 yrs)
Cullen Di MattinaNSW31.79 kg31.88 kg63.67 kg
Master's (60 - 64 yrs)
Gary HansonVIC32.03 kg31.96 kg63.99 kg
Grand Master's (65 and over)
Tom McLeanNSW31.93 kg31.93 kg
Pro Angler 17 Tandem (Teams Event)
First Time Competitors
Blake PartingtonNSW31.44 kg31.84 kg63.28 kg

Day 2 Cranka-1242Last weekend the first capped (number of competitors) event, due to council regulations, was contested on the Georges River and Botany Bay in Sydney. 65 competing anglers from New South Wales (NSW), Victoria (Vic), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland (Qld), and South Australia (SA), arrived early at the event site on a miserable, wet, and dark Saturday morning for Cranka Round 3 of Hobie Kayak Bream Series 11.

Last year this tournament was won by Chris Purnell from Sanctuary Point in NSW, with 6 fish for 5.05kg, with a total of 292 fish brought to the weigh-in over the two days of that event.

The field in this year’s, catch and release format tournament, pedalled off from the Power-Pole startling line at first light, just before 7am in wet and windy conditions. Earlier on, the tournament director had to make a tough decision, reducing the session time, with the finish now reset at 1:30pm, due to predicted gale force winds, that were likely to blow in around the normal finishing time of 2pm.

The rain fell away just after 8am, the cloud cover remained, and the wind continued to blow. Fortunately, the strength of wind didn’t become threatening until after all anglers were safely back on shore.

A run out tide, through most of the day, assisted anglers to make their way from the starting line, out to the front part of the system, and there was small amount of assistance to bring them back in, at the close of the session on each of the two days of competition.

On day one, the fish at the back end of the system were smaller than those caught at the front, and at the back, when anglers found larger fish, they had difficulty pulling them out of the schools that contained large numbers of hungry, mid-sized bream. Most of the big fish that were weighed, came from the front bridge pylons, the bays and man-made structure on the northern side, towards the front of the arena.

Last year, on day one, there were 135 fish weighed, averaging 530g. This year 149 fish were weighed, averaging 560g, with a total weight of 82.77 kg. Only six anglers did not manage to catch a fish on the first day of the Cranka round.

Johny Zaniol (NSW), led the field at the close of the first session. He had fished between both sides of Kogarah Bay, shallow cranking and bringing home 2.90kg. He was also the Atomic Big Bream leader at 1.33kg.

On day two conditions improved with the rain moving out to sea, high cloud persisted, and it was quiet, cool. There was a light breeze when anglers pedalled off as the sun rose, with west to south west winds building and peaking at around 11am at 18kts. Decreasing from then down to around 12 kts by the end of the day.

17 anglers headed up towards Como bridge and the back areas of the system, but a lot more anglers than on day one headed in an easterly direction towards the Tom Uglys’ and the Captain Cook bridge pylons, Kogarah Bay and Woolaware Bay. A small group headed further on to the grass flats near Elephants Truck, where Chris Purnell had won the tournament in series 10.
On day two 146 fish were weighed at 81.07 kg, with a total two-day bag for the tournament of 295 bream at 163.84 kg. Only one angler had reluctantly chewed (choked) on a double donut by the end of the Cranka round.


Luke Kay (NSW) put on an amazing performance on the weekend to take home the Cranka Lures Round 3, of the country’s premier kayak fishing series, with 2.58kg on day one, which he followed up with 3.05kg on day two. Over the two days of the tournament Kay weighed in six fish for 5.63kg, each of his fish averaging an amazing 938g. Kay took home $1840 for his weekend out fishing from his Hobie kayak, which was supplied by Life Aquatic in Mona Vale.

“On day one I threw a ProLure Live Yabbie in pearl green, with a 1/28 jighead, at boat hulls, vertical structure and pontoons. Then I threw the ProLure D36 in violet shrimp, mainly at the flats, rocky edges, and some pontoons as well. I got that big fish yesterday on the D36 throwing at a pontoon. Even though the sun wasn’t up the boat hulls were producing the most fish on day one”.
“The boat hulls produced yesterday, but they were even better today with the sun up. But even though they were better than yesterday I just didn’t spend a lot of time on the hulls today. I spent most of my time on the mud flats at the back of Kogarah Bay. That’s where the big fish came, I got really, lucky there I think, but I’m stoked about it”.

“Today (day two) I had the same game plan as yesterday. The great part about day one was that not many people went in there (Kogarah Bay). I’d only fished about 10 percent of the available structure on the Saturday and I probably only fished another 10 percent of the structure today. So, of that whole area, I probably only fished about 20 percent of the structure available”.
“We’ve had about 250mm of rain here in the past couple of weeks, and the big fish have come down, they’re getting ready to pre spawn. I thought I’d catch more fish on poles. But I didn’t. At the back of the bay there are a couple of canals that run out into the bay itself. They run directly into the middle, and the fish could be found there, and they wanted to stay there. They will probably stay there for the next couple of months, I’d say”.

“I’ve probably had three or four round wins, but this particular event means a lot to me. I’ve been fishing this event for 8 years, and I’ve had seconds, thirds, heaps of top fives, but to finally win it is unbelievable. It’s a really good feeling”.

“I spent most of today fishing with Glenn Allen, up the back, and we had a ball, it was so much fun, we were sharing some ideas and stuff. And the other great part was having someone to fish with, it was fantastic.”

Rod: Daiwa HLZ Segaki 6’10” and Daiwa Saltist Short Bite Special 6’10”
Reel: Daiwa Certate 2500 and 2000
Line: 4lb Berkley braid
Leader: 4lb Rock FC
Lure: ProLure D36 in violet shrimp


Regular top ten finisher and Australia representative Glenn Allen from the NSW Central Coast finished second in the tournament. Allen’s day one bag weighed in at 2.05kg, and his day two bag was 2.60kg. His biggest individual fish in his 6 fish two day bag of 4.65kg, weighed 1.10kg and he pocketed $960 for two days of fun on the Georges River.

“I went upstream on pre-fish and caught a heap of fish. I went up there on day one, but I couldn’t get anything bigger than 30 (cm). So, I went down to Kogarah where you can normally get the odd big fish. I was hoping to get a big kicker to go with the 30s (cm) that I got up stream. I got a good bag in there on the edges. I was throwing Samaki boom bait in bloodworm and crabbies. I pretty much left the hulls and another good spot alone”.

“Today (day two) I left the hulls until later when the tide had gone out, and I got some good fish off them when I did. But most of the bigger fish came off the flat on a little brown Gladiator Vibe”.

Rod: Samaki Archer
Reel: Ecooda
Line: 4lb Braid
Leader: 4 and 6lb Leader
Lure: Samaki Boom Bait in bloodworm, Gladiator Vibe in brown


The Mortgage Corp Monster Mover prize went to Epineha Cribb from NSW. He “donuted” on day one, but, backed out of the donut hole with a nice 2.02kg bag on day two to take home the prize from Mortgage Corp.


As part of his day one bag, Luke Kay, brought back a couple of big twins weighing exactly 830g each, but they were well behind the Big Bream standard set by Johny Zaniol with a 1.33kg fish, that looked likely to be a winner. However, Luke Kay had the right combination of location, tackle and tactics on day two, to bring home a “Georges River Monster Yella” weighing in at 1.57kg, and Kay took home the $100 cash prize from Atomic.


Youth – Cullen Di Mattina (NSW) 6 for 3.37kg
Masters – Gary Hanson (VIC) 6 for 3.99kg
Grand Masters – Tom McLean (NSW) 3 for 1.93kg
First Timers – Blake Partington (NSW) 6 for 3.28kg
Lurefans Round 4, the next tournament of the series, will be held on April 6-7 at Blackwood River in Western Australia.

Day One Gallery

Day Two Gallery

Information Sheet

Georges River Round 3 – Pre-fish ban Modification

The pre-fish ban, for this event only, has been modified due to ABT Bream event occurring Mar 23-24. The pre-fish ban for the Cranka Lures Round 3. Sydney, NSW 2019, will begin on Sunday, March 24th at 5pm.


Early Entries Close at midnight AEDT on 22 March 2019.

  • Early Entry: $100.00
  • Late Entry: $145.00
  • On the Day Entry: $145.00
This is a Capped Event

Due to council permit limitations, this round will be limited to 65 entrants. Also, we will not be taking ON THE DAY entrants.


This is a 2 day event.

Mar 30 – 31, 2019.


Donnelly Park (south-east of Connells Point Sailing Club) approx. 113 Kyle Parade, Sydney NSW 2221

No Fishing

Monday 18 March up to and including Thursday 28th March.

No Go Zones
Registration Times

Day 1 6:00am.

Day 2 Registration time will be announced on Day 1.

Briefing Times

Day 1 6:20am.

Day 2 Briefing time will be announced on Day 1.

Session Times

Day 1 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2019 Rules, item 16).

Day 2 Session time will be announced at briefing (see 2019 Rules, item 16).

Briefing, Launch And Weigh-in Location

Donnelly Park (south-east of Connells Point Sailing Club) approx. 113 Kyle Parade, Sydney NSW 2221

More Information

Location Map

Closest Hobie Dealer

Compleat Angler at Gregory Hills

If you do not see your name in the Entry List, below, after 24 business hours please email directly.

9GaryHansonVICMaster's (60-64)
10FrancisDi MattinaNSW
13CullenDi MattinaNSWYouth (16 - under 21)
38BlakePartingtonNSWFirst Timer
54TomMcLeanNSWGrand Master's (65 and over)
55JohnWattonNSWFirst Timer
58LexCourtNSWMaster's (60-64)
61SamForsytheNSWFirst Timer
Open 0
Youth (16 – under 21yrs) 1
Women's 0
Master's (60 – 64yrs) 2
Grand Master's (65 and over) 1
PA17T Tandem 0
First Time Entries 3
Table Updated March 31, 2019 7:17 am

Day 2 Weigh-In

Day 1 Weigh-In

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